When James Franklin accepted the head coaching position at Vanderbilt, no man in nearly 100 years had had the type of success the man was anticipating.
And thus no one believed in him, or in his confidence.
Well, now the entire nation has put on notice with the Commodores’ blowout win over NC State, 38-24. The victory over the Wolfpack gave Vandy its ninth win on the year, the first time the school finished with nine wins since 1915.
The Dores absolutely dominated in the first half, riding four NC State turnovers to a 28-14 halftime lead. Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon, who was supposed to be impressing NFL scouts, instead finished with three interceptions on the day, totally negating his 35-of-53 passing performance for 383 yards.
On the other side, Vandy quarterback Jordan Rodgers, younger brother of Packers star Aaron, played an unbelievably efficient game. He completed 16-of-25 pass attempts for 108 yards and two touchdowns. His first was one of the highlights of the entire bowl season, as Chris Boyd made a leaping one-handed grab, barely staying in-bounds, for the first score of the game.
The Commodores’ all-time leading rusher, Zac Stacy, finished his career with 25 carries, 107 yards and a touchdown.
Franklin, Rodgers and Stacy will go down in school history as coach and players who raised Vanderbilt into the next tier of football programs with the historic win.
Statistics from ESPN were used in this report